Claim Filing Instructions and Forms
You must file a claim with the State Controller’s Office.
If your claim is eligible, you will be given the option to file electronically after you have entered the requested information for your claim. For more information see About Electronic Claim Filing.
If a paper claim is required, the site will provide instructions on how to complete that process.
To begin the claim process, “Search for Property”.
Filing Instructions and Required Documentation
The type of documents you will need to include with your Claim Affirmation Form will depend upon whether you are the owner, the heir, representing a business or government agency. Please refer to the filing instructions for a list of acceptable documents to include with your claim. Once a complete claim package is received, the property information is removed from our web site while the claim is processed.
Please select one of the links below to print the filing instructions and list of documentation that must accompany the signed claim form
Filing Instructions for a Property Owner
If you are listed in our database or on our website as a Property Owner...
Filing Instructions for an Heir Filing a Deceased Owner Claim
If the Deceased Owner is listed in our database or on our website, and you are filing this claim as an Heir, Trustee, or Personal Representative/Executor/Administrator...
Filing Instructions for a Business
If the Business name is listed in our database or on our website, and you are filing this claim as an Official for the Business, Corporation, Non-profit Organization, Partnership, Association...
Unclaimed Property for a Government Agency
If the Government Agency name is listed in our database or on our website, and you are filling this claim as an official for the agency. Also learn about automatically transferred unclaimed property to government agencies...
Unclaimed Property Claim Affirmation Form
If your property search is successful, a highlighted Property ID number will appear on the Search Results page next to your name and address. Click on the Property ID number link. This link will take you to the Property Details page. On that page, you will find a printable copy of the Claim Affirmation Form. Be sure to follow all of the instructions on the form.
Your signature must be notarized only if the claim amount is $1,000.00 or greater. All claims for Securities and/or Safe Deposit Boxes must be notarized.
For an Heir Filing a Deceased Owner Claim
- Video: Completing the Declaration Under Probate Code 13101 Form
- Video: Completing the Table of Heirship Form